28th October 2018 The Pavaillion, Lisdoonvarna, Co.Clare October Bank Holiday Weekend will see the 7th Annual Year of the Burren Food Fayre. The theme for 2018 is #TasteWithoutWaste and it will bring …Read More >>
Burren Food Fayre
The Burren Food Fayre “Taste without Waste” 28th of October 2018
The Pavaillion, Lisdoonvarna, Co.Clare
October Bank Holiday Weekend will see the 7th Annual Year of the Burren Food Fayre. This food themed weekend #TasteWithoutWaste encompasses a Foraging Walk with Oonagh O’Dwyer of Wild Kitchen, food stalls and chef demonstrations. It is an opportunity for local producers to showcase their range of local produce from the Burren region.
Each year on the October Bank Holiday weekend The Burren Food Fayre plays a part in the festivities for the Winterage Festival, which is celebrated in the towns and villages of the Burren. This harvest celebration , at the end of the growing season, emphasises the unique way of farming on the limestone land, culminating in a cattle drive to the uplands.
Seven years ago, the Burren Beo organisation instigated this idea of drawing in the communities of the Burren area to make a collective impact. They asked all the towns and villages to choose a theme that would reflect their community. So Lisdoonvarna selected the theme of ‘Food’ and the Conservation Advocacy subgroup of the Burren Ecotourism Network developed this theme into the Food Fayre based in the Pavilion. Six years on we have developed and added to the format of the Burren Food Fayre so that it now spans two days and attracts both locals and tourists. This becomes the second major Food festival in the Burren bookending the foodie season in the area at the other end of the season from the Burren Slow Food festival in May
The Fayre will Open @ 12 noon on Sunday 28th October and will close at 5pm after the Awards and raffle.
11.00 Foraging Walks led by Oonagh O’Dwyer Wild Kitchen & Lisa Guinan Irish Herbal Roots
11.00 Children’s’ Upcycling Workshop with Cynthia Cox
12.00 Burren Food Market stallholders open for business
12.45 Official Opening of the Burren Food Fayre – John Wilson – Irish Times Food & Wine writer
13.00 Food demo by David Gouman – Head Chef of the Merriman Hotel – Kinvara
14.00 Food demo by Anna Haugh – London based Irish chef
15.00 Food demo by Robbie McCauley – Head Chef of Gregans Castle Hotel – Ballyvaughan
16.00 Food demo by Niamh Fox – Owner & Chef of Little Fox Restaurant – Ennistymon
About the Chefs
Having worked in Michelin starred restaurants such as Kilkenny’s Campagne and Edinburgh’s restaurant Number One Robbie McCauley has taken over the kitchen in Gregans Castle Hotel Ballyvaughan. His cooking is championing local producers and suppliers in a relaxed modern cooking style.
At the Burren Food Fayre Robbie will be doing a dish with monkfish cheeks, local langoustines, foraged seaweeds and homegrown shore vegetables.
Niamh Fox chef and owner of Little Fox cafe, has been in the thick of it all summer cooking the never ending courgettes supply that has been coming her way. Now that the autumn is setting in the marrows are now rolling in. Niamh will being doing a demonstration at the Burren Food Fayre getting creative using the end of harvest season over grown, unloved vegetables that this time of year brings us. Niamh opened Little Fox in Ennistymon this summer with her husband Sam Gleeson after working at a number of impressive restaurants that include Ard Bia and Kai in Galway and Rochelle Canteen in London
The theme of the 7th Annual Burren Food Fayre is Taste Without Waste. Workshops, walks and practical demonstrations will show you how to upcycle plastic waste into fun decorations, minimise land fill waste, make your food waste into nutritious compost and obtain fabulous food and miraculous medicine from the hedgerows around us for free. Food demos by an exciting line up of local and international chefs will focus on maximal use of local, seasonal, foraged, sustainable and organic foodstuffs. Stallholders will provide compostable ware for food to be consumed at the event and the entire festival aims to operate without generating any single use plastic waste. Bring your #BurrenKeepCup or buy one at the Fayre for discounted beverages. The Burren Food Fayre is part of the Burren Winterage Festival and is organised by the Burren Ecotourism Network.
In addition to this year’s theme “Taste without waste” the Burren Food Fayre have engaged with environmental consultancy, Fifty Shades Greener, on a quest to “Green” the festival and reduce the Carbon Footprint and environmental impact to the community. This collaboration has been made possible with help from Clare County Council and their Greener Clare Initiative and funding received through the Local Agenda 21 environmental Partnership fund. The festival will seek to reduce and minimise all types of waste generated, ensure waste segregation, reduce packaging, abolish all single use plastic and increase public awareness and collaboration through signage, children upcycling workshops and information stalls on waste and recycling. Karen Foley, Environmental Awareness Officer, Clare County Council, commented, “While guidelines for greening of festivals are very helpful, community groups need engagement and support through focussed training.” The Food Fayre committee and Fifty Shades Greener will work with the community of Lisdoonvarna so that the lessons learnt from the Burren Food Fayre can be used and applied to other festival and events over the year.
For further information about the Fayre:
Contact Raquel Noboa on firstname.lastname@example.org
Venue: The Pavilion (Town Hall) Lisdoonvarna. Free to enter.
How to get Here, please consider using public transport to reduce your own carbon emmissions coming to this event! Check out all of your options Here
This event is organised by the Burren Ecotourism Network, part funded by Clare Coco, in conjunction with Burren Beo Winterage Festival (Wintergae Festival) and it is kindly sponsored by Calor Gas.
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